Scottish Fold LongHair
In 1961 shepherd William Ross noticed a cat with funny, folded-down ears at his neighbor’s farm near Coupar Angus in the Tayside Region of Scotland.The pure white barn cat looked like a cross between a feline and a snowy owl.
Enchanted by the feline, he ran to tell his wife, Mary, and together they asked the owners of the farm about the strange cat. The cat’s name, they learned, was Suzie. A year later, the Rosses were given one of Suzie’s olded-ear kittens, which they named Snooks.
All true Scottish Folds and Scottish Fold Longhairs can be traced back to Snooks and her mother Suzie. The folded ear is produced by an incomplete dominant gene that affects the cartilage of the ears. All Folds begin life as straight-eared kittens; however, not all kittens in a litter become Folds.
At about 21 days the ears begin to fold. The Scottish Fold Longhair is known by four different monikers. ACFA refers to the breed as the Highland Fold.To TICA and CFA the breed is called the Scottish Fold Longhair, and to CFF the breed is the Longhair Fold. In Canada they call it the Coupari.
Scottish Folds and Fold Longhairs are currently out-crossed to the British Shorthair, the American Shorthair and to straight-eared descendants of a Fold parent, which lack the Fold gene but carry other positive traits of the parent.
Homozygote Folds (cats that get the Fold gene from both parents) will develop an overgrowth of the cartilage around the joints and tail, with crippling results. Avoiding Fold to Fold breeding will prevent this problem; however, there is much controversy surrounding this breed because of this defect.
Body Structure:The cat is medium boned, well-padded, and its entire body gives the appearance of being rounded. The legs should not be short or coarse, and the tail should be medium to long, flexible and not forshortened. The the ears fold forward and downward, giving the head a rounded, owl-like appearance.
Coat:The coat is similar to the Maine Coon cat’s in length and texture.
Color:All colors are acceptable except for those showing evidence of hybridization resulting in chocolate and lavender colors or point-restricted colors.
The Scottish Longhair is loving, intelligent, sweet in temperament and expression, soft spoken and easily adaptable to new people and situations.It is extremely loyal and tends to bond with one person in the household.